Zak Crawley missed out entering history books of test cricket

2020-08-22 22:36:52
  • 23-year-old Zak missed converting his maiden hundred into a triple century after out on 267 runs
  • He could not join the club of Karun Nair (India), Bob Simpson (Australia) and Sir Gary Sobers (West Indies)

New Delhi: England's young batsman Zak Crawley missed his name to register in the history of Test cricket on Saturday. He was  stumped out after playing a brilliant innings of 267 runs on the second day of the third Test against Pakistan. He was dismissed by off-spinner Asad Shafiq and  stumped by wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan. If 23-year-old Zak converted his maiden hundred into a triple century, he would have become the fourth batsman in Test history to do so. But he failed to do so. So far in Test history, only three batsmen have done converting their maiden hundred into a triple century. Karun Nair of India and Bob Simpson of Australia and Sir Gary Sobers of West Indies have achieved this feat.

Karun Nair did this feat in his first Test series in his brief international career so far. He scored 303 runs in the third Test match played against England in Chennai in 2016, which was his only century.

Former Australia captain Bob Simpson converted his maiden hundred into a triple century in the 1964 Ashes series. In the fourth Test played in Manchester, he scored 311 runs against hosts England.

Gary Sobers was the first batsman in cricket history to convert his maiden hundred into a triple century. He scored an unbeaten 365 runs against Pakistan in the year 1958. The Test match played at Kingston was won by the hosts West Indies by an innings and 174 runs.

Nonetheless, Zak Crawley has made a long jump in terms of his highest score. He scored 267 runs in 393 balls, hitting 34 fours and a six. His previous highest score was 76 runs, which he made in the last home Test series against the West Indies.

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